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In today’s news, Xian Zhang makes conducting history as the first woman to have titled role at a BBC orchestra, BBC Radio 3 will bring back a slot aimed at youth audience, and an innovative assemblage of performing arts groups went online on Tuesday morning at the Google Cultural Institute


The BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBCNOW) has announced the appointment of its first female Principle Guest Conductor

Xian Zhang is the first woman ever to be awarded a titled role with a BBC orchestra, a position that will make her one of the most visible and influential women in the UK’s classical music industry

New York Times

Google Cultural Institute Puts Us All Onstage

An innovative assemblage of performing arts groups went online on Tuesday morning at the Google Cultural Institute, a free website that made its name in recent years by digitizing and displaying the collections of more than 800 art museums and historical archives


Radio 3 to bring back children’s show next year

Controller confirms return of slot aimed at youth audience, forty years after Pied Piper came to an end

Classical Source

Estonia Announces Ground-breaking Association With French Web-Based Music Learning Platform, Meludia – Baltic Nation To Offer Music Literacy To Its Entire Population From December

Estonia has signed a unique and ground-breaking partnership with the French web-based music learning platform for pre-solfege and ear training, Meludia

International Arts Manager

Manchester Camerata enhances board with three new appointments

UK-based ensemble Manchester Camerata continues its impressive growth strategy for 2015-16 with the appointment of three new board members to its team


Top 10 unfairly neglected operas

Operas that are lost or forgotten often suffer a protracted wait before re-emergence. David Patrick Stearns selects 10 notable examples


Philharmoniker vergoogeln sich

Museen aus der ganzen Welt arbeiten bereits mit dem Suchmaschinenbetreiber aus dem Silicon Valley zusammen. Jetzt stellt Google ein „Performing Arts“-Programm mit rund sechzig Kooperationen vor. In Berlin

Heiner Goebbels mit Franco Quadri Preis ausgezeichnet

Der deutsche Komponist und Theatermacher Heiner Goebbels ist mit dem Franco Quadri Preis der Ubu/Franco Quadri-Gesellschaft ausgezeichnet worden


Geschasster Dorny bekommt Recht vor Gericht

Das Land Sachsen hat dem designierten Intendanten der Semperoper Dresden, Serge Dorny, zu Unrecht gekündigt. Das beschloss die 1. Zivilkammer des Dresdner Landgerichts

El Mundo 

La música y la bilis negra

Instrumental, del pianista James Rhodes, es un muy valioso testimonio sobre los límites entre la genialidad y la enfermedad mental


Carnegie Hall 125th Anniversary: ‘Somewhere Project’ Explores ‘West Side Story’

For Carnegie Hall’s 125th Anniversary, the Weill Music Institute is paying homage to this giant among musicals with a venture called the Somewhere Project


BBC Music MagazineOn the second day of advent…

Sinfini Music: Carol singing for (or fun) this year? Print out your free carol lyrics here!

BBC Radio 3Tom Service made this thrilling short video about Beethoven.


A still from an immersive video of Benjamin Millepied’s dance piece “Clear, Loud, Bright, Forward.” Credit Google Cultural Institute/Palais Garnier/NY Times

(Written on December 2, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news BBC Radio 3’s Suzy Klein dismisses criticism of Pete Tong’s Ibiza celebration at the BBC Proms and World Service is set to broadcast seven of the Proms concerts this season. Tom Service comments on new research from the Royal College of Music that proves performing and listening to music relieves stress – although he suggests stressful music isn’t always a bad thing.


Music as stress reliever? Fine, but I like music that makes me stressed!

New research from the Royal College of Music definitively proves that performing and listening to music relieves stress, but experiencing stress and intensity is a vital part of much classical music

The Times

Classical artists have got the notes — now they need the biceps

To make it big in classical music, today’s stars are turning to the world of sport to keep mind and body in perfect harmony


Only snobs object to a Pete Tong Prom, says BBC presenter

Radio 3’s Suzy Klein says criticism of Pete Tong’s Ibiza celebration at the BBC Proms is “a load of old cobblers”

Classical Music Magazine

Edward Greenfield, 30 July 1928 ‒ 1 July 2015

The music critic and writer Edward Greenfield died at his home in Spitalfields of a heart attack on 1 July, just short of his 87th birthday.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Proms return to World Service

Seven concerts to be featured in broadcasts during the 2015 season

Berliner Morgenpost

Senat plant deutlich mehr in die Kultur zu investieren

Um knapp 90 Millionen Euro will die Stadt in den kommenden beiden Jahren den Kulturetat erhöhen.

Kurt-Hübner-Preis 2015 für Patrick Zielke

Der Bass Patrick Zielke erhält den Kurt-Hübner-Preis der Bremer Theaterfreunde 2015.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Der große, alte Mann des kubanischen Jazz

Chucho Valdes und seine Band Irakere prägten mit ihrer Fusion aus Funk, Salsa und kubanischen Elementen in den 1970er-Jahren den Latinjazz. Zum 40. Jubiläum der Band spielte sie ihren mitreißenden Sound im Berliner Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

France Musique

Le partenariat entre BP et le Royal Opera House crée la polémique

Soixante quinze personnalités du monde de la musique classique on rédigé une lettre ouverte dénonçant le risque que représente le partenariat du Royal Opera House avec le géant pétrolier BP.

Le Figaro

Au festival d’Aix, Mozart face au Djihad

Avec L’Enlèvement au sérail à l’affiche du Festival d’Aix dans la nouvelle mise en scène de Martin Kusej, l’actualité brûlante fait irruption dans le monde feutré de l’opéra classique


Handel House Museum ‏ in 1713 Handel’s ‘Utrecht Te Deum’ premiered . It was written to mark the end of the War of Spanish Succession.

BBC PhilharmonicLast chance to get FREE tickets for 15 July conducts Grieg, Sibelius & Elgar

Arts Council England: It’s festival season, and we’re seeing brilliant art and culture spring up right across the country. What are you enjoying this summer?

Ted-Greenfield-1024x690Edward Greenfield at his home in 2014. Photo: Classical Music Magazine

(Written on July 7, 2015 )

Classical News


Edinburgh 2015: Can this man save the Edinburgh International Festival?

The EIF has a new director, 45-year-old Fergus Linehan – but can he steer it back out from the increasingly huge shadow of the Fringe? Rupert Christiansen meets him


10 of the best: Essential Richter recordings

The legendary Russian pianist would have been 100 this week. Tom Service picks ten of his essential performances that introduce you to the genius of Sviatoslav Richter

Classic FM

Julian Lloyd Webber is new principal of Birmingham Conservatoire

World renowned former cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has been appointed Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University.

Classical Music Magazine

Norfolk and Norwich Festival’s county council grant slashed by 90%

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival’s grant from Norfolk County Council will be reduced by 90% for 2015/16, it has been confirmed, from £83,400 in the current year to £8,442 in the next. It follows the council’s decision to cut £150,000 from its overall arts budget.


Borealis Festival

Bergen is a small city with big ideas. Alive with culture of all kinds, it shows its most welcoming and adventurous face in the annual Borealis Festival, where a performance in a swimming pool and typewriter art set the tone, as Kate Molleson discovers.

Der Tagesspiegel

Haste Töne?

Eine Begegnung mit dem Komponisten Christian Jost, dessen „Berlin Symphonie“ am Freitag im Rahmen des Konzerthaus-Festivals „Mythos Berlin“ uraufgeführt wird.

Zusatzkosten von 1,5 Millionen Euro pro Jahr in bereits angespannter finanzieller Situation

Wiener Bundestheater beklagen Mehrwertsteuer-Erhöhung

El País

Stradivarius en Copacabana

La violinista clásica Viktoria Mullova se ha hecho célebre por interpretar música brasileña


€50,000 Karajan Music Prize to Period-Performance Start Thomas Hengelbrock

The annual award requires that the cash sum be used by the recipient to help further the careers of young musicians.


B’ham Conservatoire@BirmCons: We’re pleased to welcome @JLloydWebber as our new @BirmCons Principle

ABO@aborchestras:Looking forward to the second UK-Brazil MultiOrchestra Conference, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, 27-29 April. 

PRS Foundation ‏@PRSFoundation: Our Director @Vanessa_PRSF will be at the next @LDNmusicmasters #ClassRaceClassical event on 20 Apr. More info here: 

Fergus_Linehan_3235087bFergus Linehan: ‘I want to target the people who wake up in Edinburgh every morning not knowing what they want to do’. Photo: Telegraph

(Written on March 18, 2015 )

Classical News


La Philharmonie de Paris: is this a new musical and social future for Paris?

The controversial concert hall might not have been quite finished and its architect might have elected to stay away from the opening concert, but it still sounded amazing, reports Tom Service

The Times

The Paris Philharmonie beats any concert hall in London

In a week of funerals and post-mortems, France desperately needs a mood lifter. However, the question is whether the Philharmonie de Paris concert hall will provide it.

Classic FM

Oscar nominations: Alexandre Desplat leads nominations for best soundtrack

The nominations for the Academy Award for Best Original Score have been announced.

BBC Music Magazine

Vote in the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2015!

Choose the best classical recordings of 2014


Video: the launch of Ólafur Arnalds’s Chopin Project – with a twist at the end!

Pianist Alice Sara Ott and composer Ólafur Arnalds show some surprising hidden talents…

Zeit Online

In der Kapelle brennt noch Licht

Vor 500 Jahren begann die Entwicklung der Orchester in Deutschland. Jetzt wurden sie als immaterielles Unesco-Weltkulturerbe geadelt.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Eine Provokation der Muslime ist das nicht

In dem kleinen Theater „Ciné13“ auf dem Montmartre war seit längerem ein Theaterstück über die Liebe zwischen einer Niederländerin und einem Jemeniten geplant. Nun ist es vorzeitig abgesetzt worden.

Die Welt

Ein Fanal für die Freiheit im Namen der Künste

Acht Tage früher hätte Frankreichs Präsident einfach einen schönen, langersehnten Konzertsaal eröffnet. Jetzt weihte Francois Hollande die neue Pariser Philharmonie als stolzes Symbol der Kunst ein.

Musik Heute

“Akademie Musiktheater heute” startet 15. Stipendien-Ausschreibung

Studenten und Berufsanfänger können sich vom (heutigen) Donnerstag an um ein Stipendium der “Akademie Musiktheater heute” bewerben.

El Mundo

Nouvel boicotea su obra

El Premio Pritzker no asiste a la apertura de ‘su’ Filarmónica de París por no respetarse las pruebas de acústica que cree necesarias.


Alexandra Coghlan ‏@AlexaCoghlan: What’s new classical soap Mozart in the Jungle really like? @dfordalrymple tells it like it is

London Symphony Orch @londonsymphony: Back on it this morning: rehearsals for Sunday’s concert are go. A warm welcome to Xian Zhang and Valentina Lisitsa 

Help Musicians UK ‏@HelpMusiciansUK: What do you love about #HelpMusiciansUK? Take a look back over our highlights 


The opening concert at the Paris Philharmonie
Photo: Charles Platiau / AFP / Getty Images

(Written on January 16, 2015 )

Classical News


Radio 3 offers a unique service; surely as many as possible should have access to it?

Tom Watson’s suggestion that Radio 3 should give up its FM slot to 6 Music is baffling.


What does modern music mean these days?

Prompted by the Radio 3’s Early Music Show on CPE Bach, Ivan Hewett explores what exactly makes music modern.

Classical Music Magazine

Alpesh Chauhan appointed CBSO assistant conductor

Alpesh Chauhan has been appointed assistant conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, a newly created role, until July 2015.

International Arts Manager

Singapore International Violin Competition names finalists

The Singapore International Violin Competition has named the 35 candidates who will compete in the inaugural event in January.

Arts Professional

Ulster Orchestra faces insolvency, claims Assembly member

Funding cuts from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and a reduction in financial support from the BBC means the orchestra will need emergency funding within weeks.


West Australian Government Lifts Ban On Bizet’s Carmen

When the West Australian Opera in Perth announced last week that they had agreed not to perform Carmen because of its references to smoking, the news was commented all over the world.

Birmingham Post

What does the future hold for CBSO conductor Edward Gardner?

Edward Gardner beings his final season by conducting the CBSO in Brahms and Bartok at Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Innsbrucker Haus der Musik soll bis 2018 fertiggestellt werden

Das “Haus der Musik” in Innsbruck soll laut dem Tiroler Landeshauptmann Günther Platter (ÖVP) innerhalb der ersten Jahreshälfte 2018 fertiggestellt werden.

Zeit Online

Wie viel Geist braucht große Kunst?

Konzerte gibt er keine mehr, doch ungebrochen ist seine Begeisterung für Musik, Malerei und Literatur.


Ein Obama für München

Der neue Chefdirigent der Münchner Symphoniker Kevin John Edusei will klassische Musik für alle.


Chicago Symphony Has An Operating Deficit Despite Record Breaking Sales

Riccardo Muti’s  Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced today record-breaking ticket sales and contributions for its fiscal year 2014 Nearly 386,000 tickets were sold for 240 ticketed concerts.


Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall: We are enjoying the sound of Vox Luminis this morning  Don’t miss the group’s recital tomorrow 

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic:_Interesting to see @Chetham‘s using @Groupon for its London and Manchester concerts:  £14 for 2 tix #Groupon

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Placido Domingo on the opera stage – in pictures 

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: BBC Music Mag and Countryfile have a poll to see who is our favourite British composer Choice of 10


Alpesh Chauhan: ‘Members of the orchestra have been extremely supportive’. Photo: Richard Ion


(Written on October 15, 2014 )

The Guardian

Christopher Hogwood obituary

Leading figure of the early music revival as conductor of the Academy of Ancient Music, harpsichordist and musicologist

The BBC Singers: 90 years young today

The UK’s only full-time professional choir celebrates its 90th birthday this week. Tom Service joins in the birthday wishes

The Telegraph

Gareth Malone creates celebrity choir for Children In Need single

Mel Giedroyc, Craig Revel Horwood and Fabrice Muamba are among the famous faces taking part in Gareth Malone’s choir for Children in Need

The Independent

Riccardo Muti’s resignation: Does Italy have an opera problem?

Conductor Riccardo Muti’s departure from the Rome Opera exposes the cultural crisis that Italy is in, says Jessica Duchen

Classical Music Magazine

Christopher Hogwood, 10 September 1941-24 September 2014

Conductor, performer and musicologist Christopher Hogwood, one of the key figures in the historically informed performance movement in the UK and internationally, has died at the age of 73.

Music Week

PRS and Steve Reid Foundation launch the Steve Reid InNOVAtion Awards

PRS for Music Foundation and the Steve Reid Foundation have launched the Steve Reid InNOVAtion Awards.

The Washington Post

Joshua Bell is playing in the Metro again. This time, maybe you won’t pass it up.

The stunt was seven years ago, but no one will let him forget it.

The New York Times

The Kronos Quartet as a Dot Cloud

The innovative musicians perform and discuss the special mystery of how a quartet communicates as part of an experiment capturing their sound and movement.

Die Presse

Sounds & Science: Offene Ohren für die Medizin

Eine Veranstaltungsreihe führt uns klingend von Mozarts “hitzigem Frieselfieber” zur modernen Stammzellenforschung.

Limelight Magazine

Maria Callas’ house to become an opera academy

Crumbling neoclassical building finally gets reno go-ahead from Greek government.


@Hazardchaseltd: “James Gilchrist is simply sensational”, “breaking our hearts” as the anguished Jephtha in @TheSixteen’s latest disc release says @guardian

@BBCradio3: Looking forward to our #BrahmsExperience. So much to discover behind the beard! Join us @stgeorgesbris for one of our live shows 6-10th Oct

@classicfm: Catherine Bott pays tribute to the late conductor Christopher Hogwood: 

Various - 2007


The Guardian

(Written on September 25, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Mary Poppins in Last Night of the Proms

Last Night of the Proms is to feaure a Mary Poppins singalong to mark the 50th anniversary of the film’s release.

New York Times

In Final Hours, Metropolitan Opera Extends Contract Deadlines for Unions

Hours after a mediator began work Thursday evening, the Metropolitan Opera granted a temporary deadline extension.

Classic FM

Will rain force cover up of historic opera arena?

The mayor of Verona, Italy, is calling for a cover to be put over the city’s 2,000-year-old amphitheatre because unusually wet weather is ruining this summer’s programme of open-air operas.

The Guardian

Musical rarities – the hidden sides of the great composers

From scatalogical Mozart to possibly the worst music Wagner ever wrote, Tom Service unearths five pieces that rarely appear on concert programmes – perhaps for good reasons.

The Guardian

Scandal and outrage at Germany’s Bayreuth opera festival

Festival is becoming more notorious for its scandals than its music after second year of boos, jeers and insults.

La Croix

Festival d’opéra à Munich, l’excellence lyrique

Le temps d’un festival d’été, le Staatsoper de Munich confirme sa place de tout premier plan sur la scène internationale.

Vicenza Today

Viceenza, dolore e commozione per la scomparsa di Tommaso Zuccon Ghiotto

Amici, colleghi, semplici ammiratori del suo talento: sono migliaia le attestazioni di affetto nei confronti della famiglia del violinista deceduto.

Salzburger Nachrichten

Diebe stahlen aus Festspielhaus zwei Trommeln

Opfer von Dieben sind in der Nacht auf vergangenen Samstag Musiker bei den Salzburger Festspielen geworden. Unbekannte stahlen aus einem Aufbewahrungsraum des Festspielhauses zwei Trommeln, die nach Polizeiangaben mehrere tausend Euro wert sind. Der Raum war nicht versperrt, so die Polizei.


Classic FM: @ClassicFM Baroque at the #BristolProms. More @hopeviolin photos here: 

BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight see Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major & Ravel on BBC Four from 7.30pm  @BBCSO #bbcproms #Prom15 @IngridFliter

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic_ Fiona Hyslop has written an op-ed for us about the arts in an independent Scotland. … Do you disagree? Tell us why.

METOrchMusicians: ‏@METOrchestra This @SFOpera Board Member works tirelessly to introduce low-income children to opera  #operaisalive #classicalmusic

GoClassical: ‏@GoClassicalUK  The Practice Vs. Talent. Are Virtuosos Born or Bred?  #classicalmusic



Photo: Rex


(Written on August 1, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Rachmaninov manuscript sells for £1.2million

Music scholarship may change forever after the Russian master’s Symphony No. 2 sold at auction today alongside music by Beethoven, Puccini and Mozart.

The Guardian

Young Musician competition – let’s start with a level playing field

It’s undeniable that pianists and string players have the advantage in instrumental competitions. Tom Service has a dream, and if Michael Gove’s nightmare doesn’t destroy the next generation of musicians first, why not rethink the Young Musician competition so that all players and all music is created equal?

The Local

French dad uses Mozart to fight drug dealers

A father in the Parisian suburbs who became fed up with drug dealers hanging out in front of his apartment building is using an original method to try to chase the young men away – a nightly dose of classical music.

7 News Australia

Fat shaming must end in Aussie opera

After the British press fat shamed young star Tara Erraught this week, Australian opera singer Sarah Ann Walker has revealed the pressure to be slim pervades the industry Down Under too.


‘I stand by every word’

A review of Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne has sparked a row about whether critics have the right to comment on a female singer’s appearance. Rupert Christiansen sticks to his guns

Classical Music on Twitter

ACE National@ace_national Balancing act: our Chief Exec @armslengthal blogs about our ongoing national portfolio investment process:

Telegraph Opera @TelegraphOpera Make up your own mind about Rosenkavalier: the Telegraph is live streaming the opera on June 8 #GlyndebourneLive @glyndebourne 

Mayor’s Music Fund@Mayorsmusic Looking forward to hearing Deputy Mayor for Education & Culture, Munira Mirza, on @LBC this morning. #LDNMusicAwards

Music Teacher@MusicTeacherMag Congrats to the winners of this year’s NCEM Young Composers Award – details and link to live stream here:

Naxos Records@naxosrecords It’s never too late to introduce the kids to #ClassicalMusic! Enter2Win My 1st Classical Music Collection!

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on May 21, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Why don’t composers win cash prizes when they need them most?

Composers with established reputations are loaded with honours and money. But it would be a help if they were given such recognition early in their careers, says Ivan Hewett.

BBC Music Magazine

Swedish musican makes instruments from ice

An orchestra of ‘ICEstruments’ is making an impact in Lapland. An igloo ‘ICE Concert Hall’ has been specially constructed to provide good acoustics and it has a ventilation system for removing the warmth generated by the audience of 170 people.

Can musical jingles help dementia sufferers?

Musical jingles could be used to help patients suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease with their daily routine. Researchers at Plymouth University have been exploring the idea that the brain finds it easier to remember tunes and lyrics than dry lists of information – the same reason that advertisers use catchy tunes to stick in people’s minds.


The Met: a full season, but a not-full-enough house

A glamorous new season masks the fact that the Met had to take drastic action to get attendances back up, according to Tom Service.

Classic FM Online

Conductor stops concert to announce JFK assassination: archive recording unearthed

The audio of conductor Erich Leinsdorf halting a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert to announce the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been unearthed.

Saurian Saint

Lara Takes On HBO and Game of Thrones in an Open Letter

A violinist and the owner of the Ancalagon record label takes on the Game of Thrones series for using a poor quality computer imitation of a cello instead of hiring a musician, despite the show’s large budget.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine

(Written on February 17, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Lang Lang to perform with Metallica at 2014 Grammys

Pianist Lang Lang will perform with heavy metal legends Metallica at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony, it has been announced


Birmingham based violinist wins prestigious music award

A Birmingham based violinist has become an ‘unsung heroine’ of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra following the presentation of the RPS/ABO Salomon Prize for orchestral musicians

Public Radio of Armenia Online

Renowned conductor Aram Gharabekian passed away aged 58

Renowned conductor Aram Gharabekian passed away in the US today at the age of 58,  the Armenian Ministry of Culture informs

Daily Mail

My struggle in cut-throat world of classical music, by violin prodigy Nicola Benedetti

The violinist who became an overnight sensation when named BBC Young Musician of the Year reveals how she struggled when plunged into an ‘extremely cut-throat’ world, writes Chris Hastings

Arts Journal

Against all trends, musicians still join union

A visit yesterday from Professor Martin Cloonan of Glasgow University revealed an unexpected statistic

The Guardian

Want to buy a classical CD? Don’t go to New York!

The joys of browsing and sampling CDs in a specialist store shop are increasingly hard to come by, and almost impossible if you’re a New Yorker

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Zum Tod von Iris Wagner

Ihre Cousins und Cousinen, auch ihre jüngere Schwester Nike, stritten öffentlich über Richard Wagners Erbe. Sie kämpfte gegen das, was sie die „Possen“ Bayreuths nannte. Zum Tod der Künstlerin Iris Wagner

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 13, 2014 )